PhD position: Thin film technology for electrolysers

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 20 Sep 2023

29 Aug 2023
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

20 Sep 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

The energy transitions requires the large-scale deployment of electrolysers, both for producing hydrogen and for converting CO2 into hydrocarbons. Further steps are needed to reduce the use of critical materials, and make the systems more energy-efficient and cost-effective.

In our group, a PhD position is available to contribute to solving these challenges. The future PhD student will develop novel thin film technology – especially based on atomic layer deposition – for electrolysers, e.g. to synthesize electrocatalysts or to provide the material with protective coatings. Together with the project partners, the PhD student will assess the needs of future electrolysers, and will contribute to the development of novel electrolyser technology in which the novel materials are optimally applied. The focus will be on making electrocatalytic material, including tuning the wettability and controlling mass transfer, as well as testing these materials.

This PhD position is part of the project Third Generation Electrolysers within the NXTGEN HIGHTECH program (, in which several universities, research institutes, and companies collaborate to develop a range of novel technologies with atomic level precision for different types of electrolysers. The idea is to strengthen the Dutch high-tech industry. This unique consortium will ensure that the offered PhD project will combine doing ground-breaking science with developing practical technology to speed up the energy transition.

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a candidate that meets the following criteria:

  • MSc degree in a relevant field (preferably in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline)
  • Creative, open-minded and proactive;
  • Excellent experimental and analytical skills;
  • Good team player;
  • Good English communication and writing skills.
  • Preferred qualifications:
    - Prior experience with atomic layer deposition, or a related coating technology
    - Prior experience with electrochemical converions
    - Prior experience with modelling in the field of chemical engineering (transport phenomena / wettability / (electro)chemistry / reactor operation)

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

Additional Information

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

  • A preferred start date around December 2023
  • A full-time employment for four years.

Selection process

If you are interested in joining our team, please apply as soon as possible, but certainly before September 20, 2023 via the application button and upload:

  • a motivation letter (max 1 A4 page)
  • a CV (max 3 A4 pages)
  • your BSc and MSc academic records (including courses and grades)
  • the names and contact details of three references
  • proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS/CAE) (if available)

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post. Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

The available position will be filled as soon as possible (i.e. once a suitable candidate is found). This means that the selection of candidates will already start before the application deadline

Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact J.R. van Ommen .

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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